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Begins: Mar 17, 2016
Date: Sun, Sep 27th, 2015
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Hiker 3 ~ The Family
Note: I am currently updating this blog and adding info, there was so much I left out while on the trail. Check back if you'd like :-)
WELCOME to our online journal! Blogging is new to us, so hopefully we can figure it all out before embarking on our Pacific Crest Trail hike.
ABOUT US: We are currently living in North Central TX
Hubby ("Thunderfoot") is in his 40s, I ("Widowmaker") am in my 50s...ugh and our youngest daughter ("Spinner") has just became a teenager...ugh again. Not joining us for the hike are my four grown children, almost all in their 30s, or our 11 Grandchildren.
Most of our online friends know us from our wolfy canines &/or our youngest daughters quirky modeling. Jess always comes with us and carries her own weight !https://www.pinterest.com/4jessicasimpson/
BACKPACKING: It all started as a random thought that just came out of my mouth, I still have no idea what sparked it, “What do you think about backpacking?” It quickly became a puzzle I had to figure out. How does one carry everything you need/want, but with a realistic weight. Part of me doesn’t want to solve it, for fear the obsession will come to an end.
WHY THE PCT? We didn’t see a movie, or anything else I can pinpoint, there was just an unstoppable desire, a calling if you will.
Having been widowed twice with four small children (at age 24 and 28) I had a bucket list before most knew what a bucket list was. I also know first hand why things on the list need to be checked off.
Heck, the PCT may even be my mid-life crisis. Hiking seems to suit my personality and hikers themselves just seem easier to be around.
One thing I do know is hubby and I are not getting any younger or healthier!
My father is also a large reason I pushed (push) aside apprehensions and decided to do this. He subscribed to the belief that if one works hard, you can retire & pursue your hobbies. Problem is, life doesn’t always reward hard work, and dementia is never planned. His voice echoes “Do it now, while you still can”.
Among the hiking books and other items my father sent home with me, was a National Geographic Magazine about The Pacific Crest Trail he had saved from 1971.
My father and daughter together, on the trail near Belden, CA 2015 - I hope to meet him here on our hike.
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Lately I've been, I've been losing sleep
Dreaming about the things that we could be
But, baby I've been, I've been praying hard
Said no more counting dollars, we'll be counting stars.
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